Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Game Preview: New York Yankees @ Cleveland Indians 8/12

The New York Yankees and the Cleveland Indians will play the middle game of their three game series this week at Progressive Field tonight. We all knew the Yankees wouldn’t be held scoreless forever so now that this streak is over New York is looking to start another, this time of the winning variety, before they head to visit our neighbors from the north. The Yankees will send CC Sabathia to the mound tonight to face off against the Indians starter Danny Salazar. The game will be played at 7:10 pm ET and can be seen on the YES Network and MLB TV.

  • Sabathia is still searching for just his fifth victory of the 2015 season to his eight losses and he looks to gain that victory against the team that took him in the MLB First Year Players Draft 17 years ago. Sabathia has had some success against his former team in his career posting a 4-1 record with a 2.94 ERA in seven career starts and will look to improve upon that tonight in Cleveland.

  • Salazar has never faced the New York Yankees in his short career but could not be pitching any better heading into the start. Over Salazar’s last five starts, which covered 35.1 innings, the right-hander has struck out 35 batters and posted a 1.53 ERA. It’s not whether Salazar pitches well tonight whether or not the Indians will win the game, it looks like it’s whether the offense supplies him with enough run support or not.

The Yankees have the fourth toughest schedule of all the contending playoff teams for the remainder of the 2015 season, with the Kansas City Royals occupying the easiest schedule, so it is imperative that the team takes advantage of teams under .500 and struggling teams like the Cleveland Indians. New York has 10 more head-to-head matchups with Toronto including three this weekend so let’s hope New York has their eye on the prize and hope that the team isn’t looking ahead of a pitching heavy Indians team. Go Yankees!

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